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Foursquare’s redesign will make expertise the new gamification

Foursquare has been in the process of transitioning away from the check-in for much of the year,  after splitting its product into two standalone apps, with the focus of the flagship product being discovery. One thing lost in the process was the badges and mayorship gamification elements that made Foursquare popular in its early days. [...]

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As another scampaign is exposed, Indiegogo again refuses to act

For anyone who followed our reporting reporting on Indiegogo’s Healbe scampaign, you need to go to The Next Web right now and read Martin Bryant’s teardown of the Ritot projection watch project, also on Indiegogo. To Bryan’s credit, he acknowledges that his publication had initially plugged the campaign, fooled by yet another attention grabbing idea that turned out [...]

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Imagine how Gawker would react if your startup said any of the idiotic things their boss just said

Valleywag, Gawker’s blog about Silicon Valley (but written from New York), is famous for two things. The first is driving easy pageviews by mocking the delusional, buzzword-laden bullshit that spews readily from a certain type of Valley entrepreneur. The second is grotesque hypocrisy: I’ve written before about how Gawker’s staffers attack the wealthy elites of Silicon [...]

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America’s most infamous murderers apparently filed this handwritten motion in Valley wage-fixing suit

If you thought the Techtopus Silicon Valley wage fixing scandal, and ensuing settlement, couldn’t get any more grotesque… you ain’t read nothing yet. Late yesterday, a handwritten “motion to intervene” document was entered into the public record, purporting to be from Pennsylvania prison inmate Christopher Donnelly, and signed by a group of America’s most infamous murderers. [...]

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Michael Bastian x Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch to Debut This Fall

This fall American designer Michael Bastian will look to redefine the classic timepiece, teaming up with Helett-Packard for a technological twist that blends impeccable design with superior craftsmanship. Taking cues from the dashboards and trim of luxury automobiles, the smartwatch starts with a 44mm stainless steel case and multilayered finish, coupling it with inlaid button [...]

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The gov’t asks Twitter for more data than ever, but still won’t let it disclose national security requests

Today, Twitter published its fifth-ever transparency report, detailing the number and nature of government requests it receives. These demands include requests for user data, content removal, and copyright notices. Between January and June of this year, the report notes, Twitter received 2,058 requests for account information, a 46 percent increase over the previous six months. Over half [...]

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Whisper EIC: “It’s not important if a story’s real, the only thing that really matters is whether people click on it”

“If a person is not sharing a news story, it is, at its core, not news.” That quote comes from Neetzan Zimmerman, editor-in-chief at Whisper and ex-Gawker blogger extraordinaire who once accounted for 85 percent of the latter site’s daily content. He appeared on the Daily Show last night for a segment about how traditional journalism has given [...]

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So what do we make of ManServants, the “Uber of hot dudes?”

So ManServants. In case you’re not tapped into the tech Twitter outrage cycle, ManServants is a new service that will deliver a handsome man to do your every bidding — well, as long as it’s “PG-rated” the site’s cofounder tells Mashable. These aren’t strippers or escorts, she assures. They are perfect gentlemen that will wait on [...]

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More than a data play: SwagBucks acquires SodaHead polling platform to drive customer acquisition

Data is the undisputed currency of the consumer Web. Whether it’s used to target ads or to personalize product recommendations every giant from Google to Facebook to Amazon relies on data to drive its user experience and fill its bank accounts. It’s little surprise then that Prodege, the parent company to the popular consumer rewards [...]

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IT’s best friend: PagerDuty raises $27.2M Series B to help all companies manage infrastructure like Amazon

Managing IT infrastructure, be it hardware or software, is no longer confined to just so-called technology companies. In today’s age, nearly every company in the world relies on technology to run its business. And with the rise of the cloud, virtualization, and mobile, these systems and software are more distributed, operate at greater scale, and [...]

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NomadPlus Portable Battery

Nomad, the company responsible for the handy Chargekey cable, is back with its latest product, the NomadPlus portable battery. The NomadPlus boasts a unique design that integrates with the standard Apple charger for iPhones, allowing it to charge both your iPhone and its internal battery. Once your iPhone is charged, the NomadPlus automatically charges its [...]

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Attackers have breached Tor’s system to reveal the identities of its users

Tor, a network used by people to cloak their identities and Internet activities, published a blog post today stating that attackers had breached its system in an apparent attempt to de-anonymize users. The breach occurred between January 30 of this year and July 4, and Tor advises that anybody who used its “hidden services” during that time [...]

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My Big Break: How Brian Lee cold-called Robert Shapiro and turned him into a co-founder

In Pando’s “My Big Break” series, we’ve been asking leading names in the tech industry to share the person who, or opportunity which, lead to the breakthrough moment in the career. Earlier this week, Jason Hirschhorn told me about the lawyer who helped him go from bedroom entrepreneur to the youngest senior exec at MTV [...]

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Rubik’s Cube Fridge

ThinkGeek is about to go HAM on the cube-shaped refrigerator market. Fridge-wise, this unsolvable puzzle is exactly the same as the Borg Cube fridge – it keeps food warm or cold, and can be powered via 120V AC or 12V DC. Hat Tip Link Price: $150 Continue Reading from the Source

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Indiegogo hits absurd low with campaign to find missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

In the wake of the now four-months-missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370, conspiracy theories have hit strange heights. Shakira and Pitbull were even alleged to hold a key to it all, when a few months back Internet alarmists found close parallels between the plane’s disappearance in early March and the lyrics of their 2012 duet ‘Get it [...]

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Keith Alexander and Pierre Omidyar have both realized that security sells

Remember that old Bill Hicks routine about how both “sides” in the grand American political debate are actually puppets on each hand of the same puppeteer? Here’s a fun story that’ll remind you why Hicks is so dearly missed. Keith Alexander is the former (that is, recently retired) head of the National Security Agency. Earlier this [...]

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Startups Anonymous: My Startup Was Failing Because I Was Solving a Big Problem That No One Would Pay For

[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in [...]

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SocialRank rolls out “graph search” for Twitter. Adds Uber, Juicy Couture, and Muhammad Ali as brand users

When Facebook launched Graph Search, it was such a big deal that the company dedicated an entire live press event to the occasion. And yet, now 18 months later, the product has hardly lived up to the hype and is largely an afterthought for most users. Whether it’s a function of the size of the [...]

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Breaking news in the social age is a mess. Can Grasswire help stop the spread of misinformation?

From Reddit’s catastrophic witch hunt in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing to the deluge of fake images and reports during Hurricane Sandy, social media has turned every breaking news event into a playground of misinformation. Most recently, the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 prompted all manner of false reports, like that dozens of Americans had [...]

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